Superintendent/President Search


Hartnell College is the largest institution of higher education in the Salinas Valley.

At Hartnell, we are dedicated to providing the tools, programs and instruction critical for student success. Our leadership continually innovates new ways to serve the needs of our region’s diverse and growing population and ensure accessible higher education for all. Central to our mission are initiatives that help students overcome economic and social barriers so they can focus on their education.Aerial view of the Salinas Valley

The Hartnell Community College District comprises approximately 2,300 square miles, spanning from the coastal community of Moss Landing on Monterey Bay through Salinas and south to the small agricultural communities of San Lucas and Bradley at the far end of the fertile Salinas Valley. Renowned internationally as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” (pictured) the region is primarily agricultural and has a population of approximately 245,000. 

Hartnell’s main campus is in southwest Salinas. The District has also established a career technical campus in east Salinas, and an Education Center in the south Monterey County communty of King City. Thanks to voters' support of a 2016 bond measure, the District has also added outreach centers in the south county city of Soledad and the north county community of Castroville. 

2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer for Latinx Students

Undocumented students eventThe organization of Campaign for College Opportunity honors the California Community Colleges and State Universities that are leading the state in conferring the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling ADT earners on guaranteed pathways to a bachelor’s degree, and intentionally working to support Latinx students on their path to a degree. As a result of the outstanding work in this area and the number of successful transfers completed by Latinx students Hartnell College is named a 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education! Hartnell College is committed to diversity – in our student body, our faculty and our curriculum. We are an open-door institution that embraces the right of all people to have access to quality higher education in a safe environment that supports equity and inclusion.

Pathways with a Purpose: Innovative Partnership with CSU Monterey Bay

Teacher Pathway Program student with certificate of recognitionHartnell is nationally known for its innovative programs built on partnerships with business, industry, and education leaders. Among them are its Computer Science in 3 program with California State University, Monterey Bay, a three-year bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science. Additionally, Hartnell also partners with CUSMB to offer a Teacher Preparation Pathway program, a 2+2 program that helps to address the teacher shortage in the area while bringing educational opportunity to District residents.


Nursing student adjusts IVA Force for Regional Economic Development

A key player in elevating the economic profile of the region, Hartnell College has a long history of successful workforce development. A data-driven, relevant, and sophisticated Career Technical Education program has long-been the second rail in the Hartnell College Mission alongside academic degrees and transfer. Award winning programs have been developed and continue to evolve in critical service areas including Agriculture and Ag Technologies, Allied Health & Nursing, Hospitality, and newly emerging trades under Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM).

Our Students

Hartnell College is a nationally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a student population that reflects the service area demographics. The College serves more than 17,000 students each year.Three students at King City center

  • The majority of Hartnell students (68%) reside in Salinas
  • 54% of the Hartnell student body is 24 years of age or younger.
  • 27% of the students are between 25 and 50 plus years of age. 
  • The HCCD student body has a fairly equal gender distribution. 
  • The HCCD student body is predominantly Hispanic/Latino: 71% of students self-identify with this ethnicity.
  • Part-time students at Hartnell College account for 66% of the student population in comparison to 34% full-time students. 


Strong Community Support and Engagement

Soledad Education CenterThe Hartnell College Foundation formed in 1979 plays an integral role in supporting the students, faculty, staff, and programs of Hartnell College by garnering corporate, foundation, and private support for the college. Their recently adopted 2020 Funding Plan commits to raising over $30M to support priority initiatives across all segments of district programs focused on student success.

The continued passage of local General Obligation Bonds is another indicator of the community’s strong support of Hartnell College. The most recent 2016 Bond Measure T enabled the District to construct two additional outreach centers, one in Soledad and another in Castroville. The support of such centers has been deliberate and strategic action to provide greater equity by increasing ease of access for students who now have educational services right their local communities. 


Opportunities Moving Forward: Insights from the Board of Trustees

On November 9, 2021, a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held where they shared their individual and collective insights, ideas, and aspirations for the future of the college. Deeply committed to a singular focus on student success they emphasized their mission-centered approach to effective public governance. Demonstrating experience, energy and passion for their service they shared the following insights as among the most critical leadership considerations in continuing to move the college forward: 

  • Comprehensive enrollment management planning
  • College Redesign: Redesigning services and systems
  • Integration of Baccalaureate Degree program(s)
  • Increased opportunities for student success through expanded community partnerships/relationships

Superintendent/President Position Responsibilities 

  • Serves as a positive member of the Board/Superintendent-President leadership team and advises the Board on all matters related to district planning, policies, and operations as they affect the College.
  • Provides overall leadership for the College including planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational, student services, administrative, and fiscal programs of the College. 
  • Creates an institutional climate of innovation that enhances student learning and motivates faculty, staff, and administrators to optimum engagement and achievement. 
  • Provides leadership in development and implementation of College policies and procedures and the organizational structure of the College, including those that affect instructional programs, student services and activities, and all other College operations.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication with College and community members regarding all aspects of College operations, including academic, business administration, student services, facilities, personnel, and educational planning.
  • Participates in the governance structure of the College to ensure that participatory governance is effectively used to facilitate campus-wide involvement in decision-making.
  • Directs the preparation of the annual College budget and directs its operations within provisions of the budget once it is approved by the Governing Board.
  • Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the general activities of all College administrators and delegates authority and responsibility as is required to perform their assigned duties successfully.
  • Participates in hiring, training, and evaluation of a diverse faculty and staff that are highly qualified to achieve College goals.
  • Encourages and assists in developing professional excellence among faculty, staff, and administrators to achieve the College's mission and strategic priorities and goals.
  • Demonstrates a highly visible leadership role in the communities served and develops strategic partnerships between and among educational institutions, businesses, and civic and cultural organizations.
  • Serves as an advocate for the College and articulates the mission, vision, and values of the College and the California Community Colleges locally, statewide, and nationally.


The Superintendent/President Profile

Drawing on input from the Board of Trustees and all aspects of the Hartnell College community, the following list identifies the highest priority abilities, experience, and personal qualities we seek in our next Superintendent/President.

 An Ideal Candidate

Student Success

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to college-wide diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Maintain an institutional focus on student success that includes academic programs and student services, with attention to the needs of all students.
  • Be physically on-site, visible and involved in student life, understand who Hartnell students are on a holistic level and demonstrate a manner that is approachable and open-minded.

Vision and Mission

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to develop a clear vision for the College and build a strong sense of team and community throughout the district.


  • Demonstrate a proven ability to develop a campus climate that partners diverse students, staff, faculty, and administration as stakeholders in one mission: student success.
  • Establish a clear vision and data-driven focus on continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, and effective working relationships across the district and throughout the community.
  • Demonstrate ability to engage in participatory governance where the decision-making process is collaborative and transparent.
  • Identify opportunities and transform challenges into innovative solutions.
  • Possess financial sophistication, intelligence and experience with college-level budgeting to make sound financial decisions.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop respectful, trustworthy and effective relationship with the Board of Trustees.


  • Advocate for the College at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Understand the California community college policy, regulatory, legal, political, and accreditation environments.


  • Value building meaningful relationships in the local community and show a demonstrated ability to do so.
  • Be an active participant in college and community life.
  • Promote the College’s role as a contributor to local, regional, economic, and cultural viability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues from a local, diverse perspective and implement ideas that are mutually beneficial to the College and greater community.


Personal Qualities

The next Hartnell College Superintendent/President must:

  • Uphold strong core values and ethical practices.
  • Be technology-literate and an excellent communicator. both verbal and written.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to effectively relate to all stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the passion and strength to base all decisions on what is in the best interest of students, and the diplomacy and relational skills to sustain ongoing support of all parties once decisions are made. 
  • Be a team builder and committed to nurturing a positive Board/Superintendent governance relationship.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • A minimum of five years of senior-level management experience, preferably in institutions of higher education or comparable executive responsibilities.
  • Successful experience in working with people of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds to achieve desired outcomes.

 Desired Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university. 
  • Bilingual Spanish


Application Process

To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 14, 2022. The position will remain open until filled with a desired start date no later than July 1, 2022. This is a confidential search process.

Please apply directly to the Hartnell District by visiting this webpage.

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

  1. A letter of application (not to exceed 5 pages) that succinctly express:

a.) Examples of candidate experiences that address: Opportunities Moving Forward, the Superintendent/President Profile, Personal Qualities, and professional qualifications in this position announcement. 

  1. A current resume
  1. A list of references that includes at least one trustee, one supervisor, one direct administrative report, one faculty member, one staff member, one student and one community/external agency representative.
  1. Official or unofficial copies of all transcripts and degrees/credentials.

For all inquiries and more information regarding the position and process, please contact Stan A. Carrizosa, Sr. of Community College Search Services at or 559.740.8540.